GD — No, it’s not GDragon. It’s in short for GeeDee. And when you say “GEE” what enters your mind? Well, of course, the song that made Girls Generation reach the top when everyone in Korea and all Kpop fans all around the world wore colorful skinny jeans and white tee top.
Yes, we are talking about one of the most successful girl groups in the world, Girls Generation or SeoNyuShiDae (SNSD). And if we count how many cover groups does Girls Generation have in this world, well, they have the most number of cover groups among all the Kpop idol groups. They even have the most cover groups in the Philippines alone, and one of these numerous cover groups is our very own GeeDee.
GeeDee is the start of the second generation cover groups in Iloilo. They are also the second Girls Generation cover group after Tuh Tuh Girls retired. They debuted last May 14, 2011 at the Iloilo Kpop Organization Fourth Gathering with a back to back performance with EL!TE [F(x) cover group] and a production number choreographed by R-ME’s Hyunie.
GeeDee is the first cover group under KISS MEDIA which was founded by Danica Saplagio (IKO President 2014-2015) in 2011 and their performances are choreographed by Markie Salde of Beats By Art. Their first performance was SNSD’s “OH!”
Watch HERE GeeDee – SNSD OH PERFORMANCE
If there is an award for the cover group in Iloilo which had so many member changes, then the title would be given to GeeDee. They change members almost every performance but still manage pull of the girl group’s feel.
The Current Members are the following:
Doanne as Taeyeon
Member of GeeDee since October of 2013.
Karen Joy as Jessica
Member of GeeDee since June 2014
Karen Alyssa as Tiffany
Member of GeeDee since May 2014
Cristy as Sunny
GeeDee member since May of 2014
Regine as Yuri
GeeDee member since May 2014
April as Sooyoung
GeeDee member since May 2014
Kristine as Hyohyeon
GeeDee member since May 2014
Stephanie as Yoona
GeeDee member since April 2011
Darlene as Seohyun
GeeDee member since June 2014
Alexandria as Jessica
Angel as Taeyeon
April as Hyohyeon
Dasmille as Jessica
Florence as Yuri
Irish as Tiffany
Janiley as Hyohyeon
Maxine as Seohyun
Que Ann as Sunny
Shynne as Seohyun
Sidney as Sooyoung
Ailea as Hyoyeon
Kean as Taeyeon
and Septrelyema as Sooyoung and April Rove as Sunny (lost track of their FB names so no pictures indicated).
GeeDee has undergone a lot of amendments in these past three years. If you have been watching them from the start, for sure you have a favorite batch or you might have said that “this batch is better” or “this batch was the best.” And since we have our personal favorites, we get disappointed at times that we can no longer see them perform on stage as GeeDee.
Some of them left for personal reasons, and some of them became members of another cover group like Janiley and Maxine who are now CL and Bom of 5ne1, or Kean who went solo as Juniel (or perform as a temporary member of 5ne1).
Some stayed as a member of the group for a long time like Irish, Dasmille and Steph. Yet, Steph and Dasmille both left the group due to life demands, and Steph was left leading the new group of young members.
GeeDee is an active group performing in each Kpop-related event in Iloilo. Each time they give us a whole package performance with grand costumes patterned from the original Girls Generation, and diving well into their roleplaying of each the member they portray.
Some GeeDee Performances in Iloilo Kpop Organization Events:
IKO Mini-Concert – October 29, 2011 at Red Cross Youth Hall, Iloilo City
Iloilo Kpop Music Awards – September 16, 2012 at River Queen Hotel
KFEST 2012 – September 30, 2012 at SM City Iloilo
Iloilo Kpop Fantasy - February 17, 2013 at SM City Iloilo Event Centre
Kpop High: Back to school with KPOP – June 22, 2013 at SM City Iloilo Event Centre
Bugas sa Lusong Festival – January 18, 2014 at Bugasong, Antique where they collaborated with some members of SHINx to make a group called GeeSHINx.
#FUNKpop – July 26, 2014 at SM City Iloilo
GeeDee also lead a Summer Dance Lessons teaching Girls Generations songs last May 4 to 5, 2014 which has the most attendees among the summer dance classes conducted by iloilo Kpop Organization cover artists.
Whenever Iloilo Kpop Organization is asked for a favor to give a performance in a non-Kpop event, GeeDee is always present to volunteer their time and talents for a good cause.
They had performances for the events Rotary Club of iloilo, the Department of Health (World AIDS and Diabetes Day), and the Youth Jam.
Iloilo Kpop Dance Cover Contest 2013 – November 29, 2013 at SM City Iloilo Event Centre
This performance showed GeeDee’s hardwork and perseverance as a group.
One example of a large cover group who did not even started as friends is GeeDee. Eventhough they aren’t a group of friends to begin with, they shared a friendship like any other group. They had been through a lot of fights, criticisms, and debates. But nothing beats the happiness they experience and the smiles they show us while performing on stage.
In spite all the member changes, the huge quarrels, the deleterious comments, the problems with teamwork, and the awkward atmospheres, we have seen GeeDee as a stable group who we always expect to bring us ameliorating performances.
GeeDee might not be the Girls Generation cover group that you expect them to be or the great dancers that you want them to be, but with every appearance that they make, and with every motivation that they receive, they will withstand, mounting and enduring.
And as time pass, we hope to see more of what GeeDee can prove and offer to each of us — haters or supporters.
Receiving both good and bad comments, having both good and bad moments, one thing is for sure — GeeDee already made their name unforgotten to every Kpop fan in Iloilo.
Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Photos from: GeeDee Official Facebook Account and GeeDee members official Facebook accounts.Videos from: HappyKissMedia Youtube Account, iHeartJungSooyeon, fishie101586